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The Gallant Hours (1960)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 13 June 1960 (Sweden)
A semi-documentary dramatization of five weeks in the life of Vice Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr., from his assignment to command the U.S. naval operations in the South Pacific to the Allied victory at Guadalcanal.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey Jr.
... Lt. Cmdr. Andy Lowe
Ward Costello ... Capt. Harry Black
... Cmdr. Mike Pulaski
... Lt. Cmdr. Roy Webb
... Capt. Frank Enright
... Capt. Horace Keys
... Capt. Bill Bailey
... Manuel
... Maj. Gen. Roy Geiger
... Col. Evans Carlson
... Maj. Gen. Archie Vandergrift
... Capt. Joseph Foss
Richard Carlyle ... Father Frederic Gehring
James Yagi ... Rear Adm. Jiro Kobe
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The Gallant Hours depicts the crucial five-week period in October-November 1942 after Admiral Halsey took command of the beleaguered American forces in the South Pacific Area. That period of combat became a turning point in the struggle against the Japanese Empire during the World War II. The story is told in flashback, framed by Halsey's ceremony of going on inactive duty in 1947. Written by Anonymous

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Battle Story of the Bull of the Pacific! See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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Rear Admirals Scott and Callaghan were both killed in action in the naval battle of Guadalcanal. Admiral Halsey, who received a promotion, asked that his stars be given to the widows of the two men because, he said, their actions earned him that promotion. Halsey could not have known it at the time, but Admiral Scott was killed in a friendly fire incident aboard the USS Atlanta when it was accidentally fired upon by the USS San Francisco. See more »

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Near the end of the film the Battle of Cape Esperance is taking place. At the same time as the ambush of Japanese Admiral Yamamoto. In fact, the battle took place on the night of October 11-12, 1942. The death of Yamamoto was April 18, 1943, six months later. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Andy Lowe: Admiral, where you gonna get all that stuff you promised those commanders?
Fleet Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.: ...I don't know.
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The Gallant Hours Theme
Words and Music by Ward Costello
Sung by Roger Wagner Chorale (as The Roger Wagner Chorale)
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Superb drama that is more about leadership than warfare.
18 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

This classic film is about Admiral Halsey's leadership of the US forces in the South Pacific during the early part of World War II. The film is more about leadership than warfare. Combat is not depicted on screen, so this film would not appeal to those who seek lots of action. I strongly recommend the film, especially to history buffs.


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